In pictures: Tour of Oman stage one kicked off in Muscat

French rider Bryan Coquard of the team Vital Concept Cycling battled through to bag his first win of the season at the opening stage of the Tour of Oman 2018.
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French rider Bryan Coquard of the team Vital Concept Cycling reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the 1st stage of the cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa and the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
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French rider Bryan Coquard of the team Vital Concept Cycling waves a bouquet of flowers as he celebrates on the podium his victory in the first stage of the Tour of Oman, between Nizwa and the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
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The pack rides during the first stage of the 2018 cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa to Sultan Qaboos University, on February 13, 2018.
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The peloton rides during the 1st stage of the cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa and Sultan Qaboos University on February 13, 2018.
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The peloton rides past a mosque during the first stage of the 2018 cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa to the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
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The pack rides during the first stage of the 2018 cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa to Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
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The peloton rides during the first stage of the 2018 cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa to the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
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(From L to R) Belgium rider Maxime Farazun of the Sport Vaanderen-Baloise team, French rider Pierre Luc Perrichon of the Team Fortuneo-Samsic, Irish rider Conor Dune of the team Aqua Blue Sport and Netherland's rider Brian Van Goethem of the team Roompot-Netherland Loteru lead the race during the first stage of the 2018 cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa to the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
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Riders of the Sunweb team get ready outside the Nizwa fort before the first stage of the 2018 cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa to the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
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Traditional Omani musicians and singers perform outside the Nizwa fort before the 1st stage of the cycling Tour of Oman between Nizwa and the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat on February 13, 2018.
Wed 14 Feb 2018 12:18 PM